Extra Extra : May 2011

Lenience in juvenile court system may have cost one woman's life.

John Diedrich of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reports on the disturbing facts of how some very violent juveniles slip through the cracks of our court system. One, Markus Evans, first encounter with the courts was when he was 7 years old, after stabbing his kindergarten teacher with a pencil. 10 years later, he is in court yet another time for allegedly murdering a 17-year-old woman.

"When you look at this case, it just says there ought to be a hell of a lot of more communication with those who interact with those kids - schools, cops, probation, prosecutors - everyone," said ...

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More ties to researchers omitting findings in lieu of royalties.

Some investors in PA still waiting after 20 years.

California National Guard accused of fraud

Adults with disabilities paid extremely low wages

In this series that was "inspired by a session at the IRE conference in 2010," The Columbus Dispatch reporters Rita Price, Jill Riepenhoff and Jennifer Smith-Richards reveal that thousands of adults with intellectual disabilities working across Ohio are receiving wages that "pay less money than a teen-age baby sitter earns." A provision in the federal wage law allows "employers to pay less than minimum wage if adults have disabilities that limit their productivity." The issue has prompted a divided response from the communities affected.

Nashville court clerk keeps questionable work schedule

Lion meat, found in some US butcher shops, is unregulated. Are you eating illegally?

After PRI's Ike Sriskandarajah found lion meat on the shelf at his neighborhood butcher and followed the trail to a dark corner of the exotic meat trade. Follow his investigation from his local butcher shop, to the harsh realities of "exotic mean with transcripts and the use of Document Cloud. Find out how "no federal agency regulates raising or killing lions for food; that the exotic animal trade is murky and somewhat illegal; and how we can eat almost anything."

Kids held in detention centers receive heavy doses of antipsychotic drugs

A Palm Beach Post investigation finds that kids who have been placed in state juvenile facilities have been receiving heavy doses of antipsychotic drugs, which are meant to have a tranquilizing effect on the brain. The pills were passed out to children in the facilities "for reasons that never were approved by federal regulators." The drugs can have harmful side effects in young people, including thoughts of suicide. The Department of Juvenile Justice does not keep track of the prescriptions written for the children, but in response to this article, has imposed a review of the use of the potentially ... Read more ...

Elizabeth school board uses teachers as fundraising base

This four-month investigation by The Star-Ledger reveals questionable practices by the Elizabeth Board of Education. The Elizabeth school district is the largest in New Jersey, and seen as one of the "top" districts to some. Reporter Ted Sherman found that members of the school board often contacted teachers soliciting donations and various other types of monetary contributions. Teachers felt pressured to buy raffle tickets and attend fundraising events in fear of losing their job. Sherman also found internal documents that "show friends and relatives of board members scattered through the payroll."

Doctors in juvenile jails linked to drug company's wallet.

"A Palm Beach Post investigation found that Florida is doling out heavy doses of antipsychotic drugs to kids locked up in state juvenile jails. The drugs, which can cause suicidal thoughts and other dangerous side effects, are being prescribed by contracted doctors who, in some cases, have taken tens of thousands of dollars in speaker fees and other payments from companies that make antipsychotic medications." In Florida's juvenile jails, psychiatrists entrusted with diagnosing and prescribing drugs for wayward children have taken huge speaker fees from drug makers - companies that profit handsomely when doctors put kids on antipsychotic pills.